Course Requirements and Workload:
This is a graduate seminar. It is readings intensive and assumes active participation during class. Students must come to class having read at least the required readings.
Continuous Assessment (CA) for this module is 60% of the final grade.
Students will be required to submit two discussion memos spread out between Parts 1 and 2 of the module. The memos should present a sketch of the major arguments from the week’s readings, and your own assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of those readings. The memos should be between 3 and 5 pages in length (double-spaced and typed). They must be submitted on Monday before the scheduled class discussion (before 12 midnight). The discussion memos must be uploaded on to the IVLE Workbin so that others in the class can also read it prior to attending the class discussion. Each memo will amount to 10% of the overall grade.
Additionally, students will be required to submit a final term paper or policy brief. The term paper should address the key challenges to good governance in Southeast Asia. Students can choose to concentrate on a single country or compare several Southeast Asian countries. The final paper should be not be more then 15 pages in length including bibliography and references, double-spaced and typed. It is to be submitted on or before Friday, 9th November 2007. No extensions of this dateline will be entertained. The final paper will amount to 20% of the overall grade.
Graduate seminars are heavily dependent on vibrant and active in-class discussion and debates. To ensure this each student is required to make one presentation on a set of core questions pertaining to a select Southeast Asian country. This presentation should coincide with one of the written assignments for the module. The presentation will count towards 10% of the total grade for this module.
Overall class participation (which includes attendance, discussion in class as well as active use of the IVLE forum) will account for the remaining 10%.
A final exam will be administered at the end of the 13 weeks (examination period). It will be a closed-book exam with the option for students to bring in two-pages of written notes. The examination will count towards 40% of the final grade.
Two discussion memos 20%
Final term paper 20%